A Denver district court judge declared Colorado's controversial Amendment 2 unconstitutional last week, ruling that no vote of the people can impair an individual's constitutional rights.

Amendment 2, passed a year ago, was a vote to ban state or local anti-discrimination laws designed to protect homosexuals. The amendment, passed by a 54% vote by the state's voters, sparked a series of nationwide boycotts last year that did little to diminish a record season for tourism. Following last week's court decision, gay groups around the state called for an end to nationwide tourist and convention boycotts.

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